Nobody wants to reinvent the wheel, and that’s why we’re excited to share a few of our favorite planning tools with you. These documents can get department heads geared up to put their team members on the right career paths. Here are the best employee development plan templates to help your new staff members get off on the right foot.
1. Individual Development Planning Template
The Individual Development Planning Template from Canada’s HR Council lays out a great framework for getting employees to think about their skills and goals.Then, they are asked to consider their knowledge gaps and what tools or training they need to achieve their goals. Additionally, the worksheet encourages the employee to consider how their skills and goals fit into the needs of their organization. It’s a solid yet simple tool to get your new hires thinking forward.
2. SMART GROW
To be fair, SMART GROW isn’t a template, but it would be very simple to make a goal-setting worksheet template for your organization using this acronym:
- Specific: Don’t settle for vague goals; specific goals remind us exactly what we’re aiming for. The more specific, the better.
- Measurable: This feeds into the need for specificity. Employees shouldn’t say they want to make more sales next quarter – they want to make 25% more sales next quarter.
- Attainable: Don’t let employees set themselves up for failure. Make sure their goals are realistic.
- Relevant: It’s wonderful to set goals for one’s personal life, but ensure this particular goal is directly tied to their work responsibilities.
- Time-bound: Goals need deadlines. Make sure the employee knows when they will need to re-evaluate their performance to assess whether they achieved their goal.
- Goal: What is the employee’s career development goals? Where do they want to be in a year, three years, five?
- Reality: Make sure the employee’s career goal is grounded in reality. It’s great to aim high, but no mail clerk will become CEO in six months.
- Options/obstacles: What might stand in the way of this employee achieving the goal? Do they need to pursue additional training or gain more experience in a particular area?
- Way forward: What are the action steps the employee will take to make their goal happen?
3. Career Path Worksheet
For a more career path-focused format, consider the Career Path Worksheet template from the Society for recruiters seattle.The form starts with the end goal in mind: What is the employee envision as the pinnacle of their career path? The subsequent sections help him or her develop a plan to get to that pinnacle. As the employee outlines their plan to grow into that pinnacle career, a manager can assist them with input about what skills and jobs could help them along the way. This tool is great for helping driven and high-achieving employees delineate their plan toward goal completion.